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Creative Legal Solutions To Modification And Support Issues

Child support and spousal support (alimony) are two of the largest issues in divorce. Obtaining the proper amount of child support and alimony can be the difference between financial stability and a constant struggle to stay afloat.

At Schmitz Law, P.C., we help parents establish appropriate child support under North Carolina child support guidelines. While courts use the guidelines to establish the amount, it is possible to obtain a deviation, for example if a child has special needs that requires additional support.

When you work with our office, we will thoroughly examine your complete financial situation. We ensure you have a full picture of marital finances, including all income, to reach a fair amount of child support and spousal support.

Spousal Support

Unlike child support, there are no guidelines or requirements that the court award spousal support, also known as alimony. Instead, spousal support is at the discretion of the parties involved and the court. Alimony is often used to help one party to the divorce obtain an education, gain work skills, or otherwise stay financially afloat until such time as he or she can be self-supporting. In other instances, the amount and duration of alimony can be punitive to a spouse who misbehaved during the course of the marriage. Alimony can be awarded during the divorce or post-separation, depending on the circumstances involved.

Because spousal support is discretionary, but can have such a large impact on your finances, it is important that you obtain the services of an experienced family law attorney to ensure that all circumstances are taken into account when the court is deciding issues regarding alimony.

Need A Modification?

Life continues to change after divorce. In some cases, the initial child support order established under North Carolina's Child Support Guidelines is no longer appropriate. In other cases, you may need to modify custody or visitation arrangements, or even move out-of-state for your job or to be closer to family.

Under North Carolina law, existing support and custody orders can be modified with a significant change in circumstances. What constitutes a significant change will depend on your individual circumstances. However, you cannot obtain a child custody modification or child support obligation without petitioning the court. Simply failing to pay or abide by current custody and visitation orders can lead to significant legal consequences.

Protect Your Financial Future Today

An experienced divorce lawyer, Joe Schmitz is able to find pragmatic and creative solutions to areas of dispute. Support matters can have a huge impact on your finances. Because these issues are so important to your financial stability, it is important to begin protecting your finances as soon as possible in the divorce process. For experienced help in establishing fair support orders, or for help in obtaining a modification, contact Schmitz Law, P.C., at 336-893-0332 or reach us online here. We are located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and represent clients throughout the Triad area.

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